Christchurch, Godley Head & lots of sheep!
Sept 7th: We drove from Lake Tekapo to Christchurch. Back in 2011 Christchurch had an earthquake that devastated the city and was a 6.3 on the Richter Scale. I was looking for signs of damage and saw some minimal stuff. People from there say it's hard to see when you've never been there before and that there are whole buildings missing from the city centre.
That evening we arrived at Godley Head during sunset. We were in the hills filled with sheep, overlooking the city. This was one of the most beautiful campsites in the morning and had a three hour loop for walking and its own mountain bike track. We we're excited to walk the loop the next morning.
Once inside the campsite we started our dinner of baked beans and hot dogs. We had some sauvignon blanc with our meal and then read before bed. One of the strangest things happened: We heard an emergency type siren go off in the night and then all of a sudden the winds started picking up. We searched the news but could not find anything going on... and were worried it may of potentially been a tsunami warning. I guess it was a test drill?
Sept 8th: We woke up and wanted to fit a hike in before our lengthy drive back to Picton. We completed the loop track. It was absolutely gorgeous and there were so many sheep. The water was incredibly blue with beautiful lush green rolling hills in the back round. The sun was out and life was good.
Sept 9th: We caught the Ferry back to Wellington and drove 9 hours to get back to Auckland. We decided to head straight back because the weather was pretty bad. Although the trip was quite condensed we really got to see a lot and finally see the magnificent South Island. The trip really was quite astonishing in the fact that the entire South Island is so incredibly beautiful and on par with a National Park. The island itself, is so condensed and filled which such diverse landscape that is so close to one another. It is hands down the most amazing place I've ever been. I feel incredibly fortunate we got to explore it.